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Burke and Hare (2010)

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A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

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Storyline

Based on the true story about the famous murderers, 'Burke And Hare' follows the hapless exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, then the centre of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies. Written by Anonymous

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No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked.

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Rated R for some sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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9 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£942,894 (UK) (29 October 2010)

Gross:

$947 (USA) (9 September 2011)
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The poster of Isla Fisher's character Ginny as Macbeth is very close to a famous photograph of Eva Le Galliennne as Hamlet (also a woman playing an eponymous Shakespearian character who is originally a male). They share the same stance - full body shot, face on, legs planted firmly in the ground - as well as a similar costume in the trousers, boots and cape. See more »

Goofs

Two hangings are shown in the film, in the style of a "long drop" designed to break the neck and cause instant death. This style was first introduced in the 1870's by William Marwood as a more humane approach. Before then, and certainly in 1828-1829 when the film was set, the victim was simply suspended by a rope around the neck, and choked to death by suffocation. See more »

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Old Joseph: I remember. Old Nosey was there himself. He says, "Stand up, guards. Now, Maitland, now's your time." And over we go, fightin', fightin' the Frogs. Did I ever tell you about the time...
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Old Joseph: the time...
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Old Joseph: I saw the man, the wee man himself, Napoleon? Aye, it were a treat.
[laughs]
Old Joseph: And that idiotic hat.
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This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not. See more »

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Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: John Landis (2010) See more »

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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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I sell the ...
30 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

While there was another movie with a similar theme, that I watched last year, I thought this would be superior to that one. I mean this is made by John Landis. So I was expecting quite a bit more from it, I have to admit. It does not disappoint completely, it just feels like a bit too light. There seems to be something missing. Character development is straightforward, but still it's nothing grand. Something I came to expect from a Landis movie.

Of course I might be nit-picking. The movie is not bad at all. It has quite a few comic moments (an intercourse scene that is just funny and could not be called arousing at all, works greatly, there are scenes of great comedy value besides that too), but there is still something missing to make it better. I would recommend a watch. I'd just say not to expect too much!

Edit: I just found out a month ago, that there is a very good chance, that there is another cut of this movie. A cut approved by Mr. Landis himself (which seems not to have been the case with this one) ... that would explain quite a lot ...


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